Energy Saving Free Trees Available to Sanford Residents Courtesy of Arbor Day

For Immediate Release, September 29, 2016

For Further Information Contact:  Lisa Holder, Communications Officer

407.688-5019 •


Energy Saving Free Trees Available to Sanford Residents Courtesy of Arbor Day


Starting Saturday, October 1, Sanford is providing 286 free trees to customers through Energy-Saving Trees, an Arbor Day Foundation program that helps conserve energy and reduce energy bills through strategic tree planting.  Sanford residents can reserve their free trees online at  This online tool will help residents estimate the annual energy savings that will result from planting trees in the most strategic location near their homes or businesses. 


Customers can reserve up to 1 tree and are expected to care for and plant them in the location provided by the online tool.  The types of trees offered in the program include:


·         Red Maple

·         Live Oak

·         Crape Myrtle

·         Dahoon Holly

·         Tabebuia


“The City of Sanford is committed to a greener, healthier community, adding property value, reducing the carbon footprint, air quality and reducing storm water runoff,” said Urban Forester Elizabeth Harkey, tree advocate for the City of Sanford.


The free tree sign up and reservation will be available online for 30 days. The Arbor Day Foundation provides a toll free number (1-855-234-3801) for residents that do not have access to a computer for reserving a tree.


The tree pickup date is Saturday, November 5 from 8am to 12pm at 400 E. 1st Street (behind the Sanford Chamber of Commerce). Parks & Grounds Operations will assist in the event and help distribute the trees as residents arrive for pickup.


Urban Forester Elizabeth Harkey and the District Forester with the Florida Forest Service will be on hand to answer questions and hand out literature regarding the planting and care of your tree.



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